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March 2014

Can a Debt Collector Take My Social Security Benefits?

Posted: 7/19/2018 8:33 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, Can my Social Security benefits be garnished if I have some outstanding debts? I just turned 62 and would like to start collecting my retirement benefits, but want to find this out before I apply. Worried Retiree

The Different Stages of Dementia

Posted: 7/18/2018 11:04 AM by Interim HealthCare

Learning that a loved one has been diagnosed with dementia can be devastating. But understanding what’s ahead can help you plan for the care your family member will need. Maura Rhodes, an experienced health journalist, elaborates on the symptoms of each dementia stage.

How to Talk to Your Loved One About Hospice

Posted: 7/17/2018 9:01 AM by Interim HealthCare

Realizing that your parent or another loved one in your care has reached the point of needing hospice is painful. It means the time has come to make the person comfortable instead of trying to make them better. Broaching the subject of hospice can also be painful, and it can be hard to figure out how to do it. But the conversation itself doesn’t have to be as difficult as you might think.

What Are ADLs, and Can Your Aging Parent Manage Them?

Posted: 7/16/2018 2:23 PM by Interim HealthCare

Most of the simple things we do each day — getting out of bed, getting into the shower, lining up the buttons of a shirt, scooping a spoonful of cereal and delivering it to the mouth — we never think twice about. For some older adults, however, they become a real challenge. Maura Rhodes provides insight on how to tell if your aging loved one needs a little extra help at home.

What’s the Difference Between Alzheimer’s and Dementia?

Posted: 7/12/2018 8:29 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, What’s the difference between Alzheimer’s disease and dementia? My aunt has dementia, but they don’t know if she has Alzheimer’s disease, which is very confusing to me. Trying To Understand

Tips for Enjoying Water Recreation with Your Senior Parent

Posted: 7/11/2018 2:01 PM by Interim HealthCare

Taking trips and enjoying new experiences are essential parts of the summertime months for many families. Many people love taking the opportunities presented by warmer, longer days, breaks from school, and an overall more leisurely pace of life during the summer season to enjoy quality time as a family, and go on trips to take a break from daily life. If your senior loved one is adventurous, th...

What Fall Risks Might Increase During the Summer?

Posted: 7/6/2018 2:51 PM by Interim HealthCare

Falls are some of the most serious risks elderly adults face. Each year throughout the United States millions of seniors experience falls, and a large percentage of these will suffer injuries serious enough to end up in the hospital. These injuries can lead to serious consequences, including greatly diminished mobility, health, and quality of life. While there are some fall risks your parent is...

Taming the Senior Sweet Tooth

Posted: 7/5/2018 1:12 PM by Interim HealthCare

Ice cream for breakfast, cookies with lunch, heaps of sugar in coffee or tea...It’s not unusual for older people to suddenly have insatiable cravings for sweet foods. And if a parent or other aging senior you’re caring for seems to be channeling their inner toddler at the table, you’re probably wondering why they’re insisting on dessert with every meal — or dessert for every meal — and how you ...

Simple Gadgets That Can Help Older Drivers

Posted: 7/5/2018 8:27 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, Are there any specific auto gadgets you can recommend that can help senior drivers? Both of my parents are in there eighties and still pretty good drivers, but due to arthritis and age they’re very stiff, which causes them some driving problems. Researching Daughter

Simple Gadgets That Can Help Older Drivers

Posted: 7/5/2018 8:21 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, Are there any specific auto gadgets you can recommend that can help senior drivers? Both of my parents are in there eighties and still pretty good drivers, but due to arthritis and age they’re very stiff, which causes them some driving problems. Researching Daughter

Is Dementia Hereditary?

Posted: 6/22/2018 1:04 PM by Interim HealthCare

When a loved one is diagnosed with dementia, getting good care for them is your first concern. But at some point down the line, it’s only natural to wonder: Does this mean I’ll get it, too?

Is Mom or Dad at Risk for Suicide?

Posted: 6/19/2018 12:51 PM by Interim HealthCare

Young and middle-aged people aren’t the only ones taking their lives. In fact, the highest rates of suicide in men, by far, are among those age 75 and older. In this article, Allison Ashton outlines why older adults are at risk for suicide and what to do when your loved one shows warning signs.

What's the Difference Between Alzheimer's and Dementia?

Posted: 6/19/2018 12:11 PM by Interim HealthCare

Getting a better understanding of what causes Alzheimer's and Dementia helps us create the right treatment plan for our patients. In this article, Kathleen Doheny breaks down the difference between the two conditions.

Tips for Preparing Your Parent's Home for Recovery After Hip Surgery

Posted: 6/13/2018 9:13 AM by Interim HealthCare

Hip surgery is one of the most common forms of surgery performed on older adults. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 300,000 of these surgeries are performed on people over the age of 45 in the United States each year, with the majority occurring among elderly adults. This type of surgery can make a tremendous difference for a senior who has suff...

7 Outdoor Safety Tips for Seniors

Posted: 6/13/2018 6:14 AM by Interim HealthCare

Spring and summer entice people young and old to head outdoors, especially after a cold winter. Elderly adults are usually eager to get out there and enjoy warm weather, gardening, walks and fun family events. However, warmer temperatures and sunny skies can also be dangerous to elderly people if they don’t take precautions. Family caregivers have a responsibility to make sure their aging loved...

Scleroderma Awareness Month

Posted: 6/13/2018 6:00 AM by Interim HealthCare

June is Scleroderma Awareness Month and there’s no better time for elderly Americans and their family caregivers to learn more about this chronic condition that affects people of all ages, including elderly adults. While the condition is not very common, it does affect more than 300,000 Americans. Because it can be painful and also contribute to a number of health issues, it’s wise for family c...

Difficult Situations Family Caregivers Face When a Parent Has Alzheimer's

Posted: 6/6/2018 11:33 AM by Interim HealthCare

Between 2000 and 2015, the number of deaths related to Alzheimer's increased by 123 percent. According to the Alzheimer's Association, in just 65 seconds, another person develops Alzheimer's. When your mom or dad has Alzheimer's, it's virtually impossible to predict what you're about to face. Every patient is different. Some progress faster than others. One thing is certain. You'll face sit...

Tips for Living with Low Vision

Posted: 6/4/2018 12:28 PM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, What resources can you recommend to help seniors with vision loss? My husband, who’s 76, has macular degeneration that has progressed to the point that he can’t do a lot of his routine activities anymore, and has become very discouraged. Looking for Help

Cheap Cell Phone Plans for Seldom Calling Seniors

Posted: 6/4/2018 12:26 PM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior What are the cheapest cell phone plans available to seniors today? I’m 78-years-old and want it primarily for emergency purposes. Infrequent Caller

How to Make a Living Will

Posted: 6/4/2018 12:23 PM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, What’s the best way to go about making a living will? I recently retired and would like to start getting my affairs in order, just in case. Approaching 70

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